Patient Comments: Myofascial Pain Syndrome - Effective Treatments

What treatments have been effective for your muscle pain (myofascial pain syndrome)?

Comment from: bugdlt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have Myofascial Pain Syndrome since 1997, fell cross country skiing. I've tried everything that has been suggested. When I say try, I give each treatment at least 2 years. I'm still in a lot of pain, I say that only because I am in bad pain day for over 2 weeks. There are good days. What helps me the most is a combination of several things. One is Hot Bikram Yoga. It isn't for everyone. Others are massage, an antidepressant, Tramadol, and walking. I am now going to try a special diet that fights pain or a vegan diet. I haven't researched both enough to make an educated decision. But until then, it's yoga, walking, Tramadol, and antidepressants

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Comment from: stilettokiller, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have suffered from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) for more than a year now and just recently discovered a self-help tool that has saved my life. The "Backnobber II" is a self-help tool that I discovered online. It costs about $30. Why I feel the Backnobber works: Each and every person is different, and you are the best judge of your pain and discomfort. Regular use of the Backnobber tool can help you better understand the source and nature of such problems and can be an exceptionally valuable aid in your pursuit of a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.

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Comment from: hersheykiss, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I live in Asheville, NC, and we have a myofascial therapy center here. My doctor referred me there. They work on the areas you have pain. It's gentle applied hands-on therapy. I may be sore the next day, but it really helps. I have a problem with trusting people to touch my neck and shoulders. I am still working on that. My therapist helps me to relax with gentle pressure in other areas where I have pain then, works on my neck and shoulders. By then, I have relaxed considerably. My therapist can also work out the area in the back of my head where my head is throbbing. It's not complete relief but some. If you have migraines like I do, you know that some relief is a blessing.

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Comment from: chasdwitt, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 08

I just found out about myofascial pain after several doctor visits and cortisone injections, massages, and pain meds. It always comes back, in the same spot and in varying intensities.

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Comment from: CB, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Yoga! It is therapeutic and I can't live without it. It was so hard at first, causing more pain than I already had, but after a year of doing it, it actually takes some of my pain away.

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Comment from: Daphnexduck, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I have found two foods that trigger my muscle pain: rice and corn. I suggest going on a food elimination diet to see if something you're eating might be a cause of your muscle pain.Eliminating rice got rid of all the pains in my arms and legs, and even my back pain. Two forkfulls of rice is enough to bring my aches back. I've been eating more corn lately, and the aches came back. That was very scary since regular pain pills don't do much, and the pain doesn't let me sleep. I stopped eating corn for two days, and woke up feeling great this morning!

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

For six months I've had muscle pain in my back. I hurt my self at work lifting some thing heavy. Now they say I have muscle in my back that won't release. I'm in consent pain. Can't walk, sit, or stand for long. They say some day it will they just don't know when.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have used trigger point therapy for years. Basically, it's applying deep pressure to the trigger points. It helps break them up. Of course, I always hurt worse before I feel better, but once I do feel better, I am much looser and in a lot less pain. Today is the first time I've found anything on myofascial pain. I've had it for decades and am covered in trigger points from head to toe. I am surprised that the info. I found says nothing about acupressure. It is very effective and is a treatment one can perform on themselves with theracane, which range in price from $28 - $45. This way you can find the trigger points in your back and neck and work them out, applying the amount of pressure you can tolerate.

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